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The Conversation... - the period of cosmography
The Conversation...
is arguably Coppola's best film. Arguably in purely cineastic terms. But I'm not going to lecture you about it, all I can offer is to make you curious. Even on this second viewing, which removes the element of surprise -brilliantly set up and gratifying- the movie remains perfect.
And it comes with a bonus too, at least for those of us who were too young in the first half of the 70's: Though staying completely away from the stridency of say, a New York Scorcese film of the period, without dealing with any politics or ideologies at all, it manages to capture a world suddenly gone sour, depleted of warmth and colour. It features Gene Hackman at his best, a chilling Harrison Ford in a secondary role and a brief but Wow appearance by Teri Garr.
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topaz_tree From: topaz_tree Date: September 5th, 2011 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
You have made me curious!
jackfirecat From: jackfirecat Date: September 7th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I first saw it on late-night TV as a teenager unaware of who the director was or anything about it, and was disturbed. It stayed with me, and I remember later discovering that that thing which I'd seen was maybe the same as this known film that people talked about called 'The Conversation' - you wouldn't get it from the title, well I didn't. So, having found out what it was, got to watch it again. It made more sense the second time, but yes, absolutely re 'depleted of warmth and colour' - and quite paranoid. What a particular atmosphere. Wonderful - the sort of thing I expect all art-house movies to be but they rarely are.

Harrison Ford, really? - OK. I shall have to see it again!
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